C.J. Stroud throws for 432 yards, 6 TDs as Ohio State makes statement with 56-7 rout of Michigan State


C.J. Stroud had 6 first-half touchdown for Ohio State.

C.J. Stroud had a great first half as he threw for 393 yards and six touchdown. The song is called "2:07."

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Ohio State made a statement on Saturday, whether the intended message was that the defense is playing at a championship level or that this team belongs in the College Football Playoff.

The victory against Michigan State was a big one for the Ohio State team, as it sent a message to the rest of college football that this team is one of the best in the country.

"I think our big-time players have to show up in big-time games, that's why we knew it was a huge game for us," Ohio State receiver Chris Olave said after the game. I feel like we did that and we keep getting better and better each week. We have to keep getting better and try to win out.

It was an easy victory over a team that was viewed as a potential challenger for the Big Ten championship and a spot in the playoffs. Both teams had potential candidates, but it was the offense that put on a show.

In the first half of the Michigan State game, he threw for 432 yards and six touchdown, becoming the first quarterback to throw for five touchdown in the first half against Michigan State since Drew Brees in 1999.

If he wasn't considered a front-runner for the trophy before this game, he is now.

It's easy to forget that he is a first-year starter and that he has put up video game-like numbers all season. He has had help from a group of talented receivers.

In this game, he broke records and has been a constant target for Stroud all season. In the first half, he caught two touchdown passes, moving him past David Boston for the most career receiving touchdown at Ohio State with 35.

In the first half, four different players caught a touchdown from Stroud, with two coming from Wilson and one from Fleming.

The offense scored a touchdown on its first five drives of the season. This season, no other program has achieved that more than once.

There were no questions about how good the Ohio State offense was going to be, as most of the concerns were about the defense. There were no questions in this game.

"We have a lot of new faces, we had a lot of new faces, and now those guys have experience and they have experience with older guys and chemistry has been built on the field," defensive lineman Haskell Garrett said. Each week we've gotten better and we know how to communicate with each other. Just experience. These guys are not new to the scene.

The defense held Walker to 24 yards rushing on five attempts in the first half and 25 total yards for the game. Ohio State limited the quarterback to 158 yards through the air, as he completed only 14 of 36 passes.

The Ohio State-Michigan game will be a must win for both teams and will be the first time since 2016 that both teams are ranked in the top seven of the College Football Playoff rankings.

"We have everything riding on this thing, we have a huge game coming up, we have everything to play for," Day said. I was already thinking about the next game when the game was over. We knew this run was going to be real and proud of the way our team played today, but all the focus was on the Michigan.